According to the Times, the investigation began in part after Trump linked Comey's firing to the Russian Federation probe.
The implications of the New York Times story certainly aren't good for the President, as it appears to confirm the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought that Trump possibly could have been acting as an agent of a hostile foreign power during his presidency. They also sought to determine whether the president was knowingly working for Russian Federation.
His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement Saturday that the latest charges are "absurd", adding, "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack..."
FBI investigated US President Trump for possible secret Russian favours, reports say. Eventually, Trump claimed he has "been FAR tougher with Russia.maybe than any other President".
The investigation the FBI opened into Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Comey's firing and other actions amount to obstruction of justice by the president. Here's the "funny thing about James Comey", the president explained, before entering into a diatribe about the "real collusion", via Hillary Clinton, that special counsel Robert Mueller should be investigating.
However, the President's supporters have said that he was indicating that he knew the timing of the firing might look bad, but made a decision to move forward with it anyhow because there was nothing behind the Russian collusion allegations.
But while the president has slammed the probe as baseless, it has issued dozens of indictments and steadily chalked up convictions of some of the president's close associates - including his former personal lawyer, his ex-campaign chief and his former national security advisor. The story reframes the focus and objective of the investigation now headed by Robert Mueller. "I don't know if there's any time in our lifetime or the history of the country where federal law enforcement looked down to the White House ... and thought the actions of the president might threaten USA national security".
Republicans launched the House task force on the grounds that the Obama FBI and Justice Departments were determined to sabotage Mr. Trump during and after the election. The Times previously reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr. Mueller rather than keeping the Russian Federation probe in-house, talked of wearing a wire when he met with the president.
"I think this is particularly sobering, even for career counterintelligence professionals who always in the back of their minds think there is an outside possibility someone could rise to high office who might be playing for another team", Figliuzzi said during an appearance on MSNBC's AM Joy.